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Computational Linguistics

Hwee Tou Ng, Editor
March 2000, Vol. 26, No. 1, Pages 77-105
(doi: 10.1162/089120100561647)
© 2000 Association for Computational Linguistics
Multitiered Nonlinear Morphology Using Multitape Finite Automata: A Case Study on Syriac and Arabic
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This paper presents a computational model for nonlinear morphology with illustrations from Syriac and Arabic. The model is a multitiered one in that it allows for multiple lexical representations corresponding to the multiple tiers of autosegmental phonology. The model consists of three main components: (i) a lexicon, which is made of sublexica, with each sublexicon representing lexical material from a specific tier, (ii) a rewrite rules component that maps multiple lexical representations into one surface form and vice versa, and (iii) a morphotactic component that employs regular grammars. The system is finite-state in that lexica and rules can be represented by multitape finite-state machines.